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Monthly Archives: April 2014


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Future Workers Program

Up to 600 sophomore high school students from surrounding areas took part in yesterday’s Future Workers program. The program paired students with possible career tracks- and let them experience a job in that field for part of the day. The event was sponsored by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee & the Blandin Foundation

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Roundabout Construction Project Awarded

The Crystal Lake Boulevard Reconstruction Project was awarded to a local contractor last night by the Grand Rapids City Council. The project was awarded to Casper Construction for the amount of $1.8 million. The bid was under the city’s estimated two million dollar budget.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, the board authorized the Grand Rapids Police Department to apply for a special deer hunt permit for the 2014 deer hunting season. The special zoned hunting areas will not change from last year’s special deer hunt in the city limits.
The Pokegama Golf Course is open for the season, and was in excellent condition after a harsh winter according to Bob Cahill’s Department Head Report.

By |April 29th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Roundabout Construction Project Awarded|

Power Outages

Lake Country Power crews made progress last night as they continue working to restore electric service. As of 9:30pm, 530 members were without power and this was primarily off the Clear Lake and Winton A&B Substations in the northern part of Lake Country Power’s service area. Many of the outages were in remote or cabin areas. Eight line crews were out last night. According to Lake Country Power’s web site, the Pine Island area is the only area still without power.

Minnesota Power is reporting multiple power outages in the Duluth area, Cloquet, and Fort Francis.

By |April 29th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Power Outages|

Missing Man Found

The body of a missing Itasca County man has been found. Gregory Arthur Thurston, 51, was found in a wooded area about a half mile from his residence. The search for Thurston was conducted by the Itasca County Sheriff’s office with assistance from other departments.

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Missing Man near Bigfork

Itasca County authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a 51-year-old man with medical issues who has gone missing. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office reported that Gregory Arthur Thurston
Thurston is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds, with sandy, shoulder-length hair, blue eyes and a thin mustache. He was last seen wearing tan Carhartt bibs and a jacket, black boots, a blue cross necklace and thin-wire rimmed glasses.
He may be suffering from medical issues and paranoia, and had not taken his medications before leaving, authorities reported.
If you encounter Thurston, call 911 and do not approach him.

By |April 25th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Missing Man near Bigfork|

Three Injured in Car Accident

Three people were injured in a two car accident in Coleraine on Thursday. 71 year old Robert Murray of Penguilly was driving west-bound on Highway 169 when a vehicle driven by 22 year old Jacob Rabold failed to yield at the intersection of Highway 169 and McLean Avenue. Murray’s vehicle hit Rabold’s vehicle in the passenger side.
Injured in the accident were a passenger o Murray, identified by the Minnesota State Patrol as 66 year old Mary Jo Murray of Penguilly. Also injured in the accident were passengers in the Rabold vehicle, identified as 37 year old Michael Corwin of Grand Rapids and 19 year old Brittany Kislenger of Bovey. Injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Roads were wet at the time.

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Father Tom Radaich Passes Away

Funeral services for Father THOMAS M. RADAICH, formerly of Saint Joseph’s Catholic church in Grand Rapids, will be held Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michaels Catholic Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth.
Fr. Thomas M. Radaich, 70, died Monday, April 21, 2014 at Essentia Health St. Marys Medical Center in Duluth.
Father Tom served at St. Joseph, Chisholm; Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth; St. Alice, Pequot Lakes; St. Charles, Nisswa; Our Lady of Lourdes, Pine River; St. Leo, Hibbing; Our Lady of Snows, Bigfork; St. Augustine, Cohasset; St. Joseph, Grand Rapids and St. Michael Church in Duluth.
VISITATION: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, with wake prayers at 7 p.m. in St. Michaels Catholic Church. Visitation continues on Friday, April 25. from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michaels Catholic Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth. Burial will take place at 5 p.m. Friday at Itasca Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Minn. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and may be directed to CHUM (Churches United In Ministry), or United Catholic Appeal. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth, 218-727-3555.

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New Housing Project

A New 48 unit housing project has been proposed for land south of Grand Rapids. Tuesday, the Itasca County Housing Institute proposed a new housing project to the Itasca County Board of Commissioners. The project would include one, two, and three bedroom homes. The Itasca County Housing and Redevelopment Authority would own 75 percent and Northland Counseling 25 percent.
All of the residents would meet the definition of long-term homeless.
10-12 units would be designated to provide supportive services for individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and chemical dependency. This portion of the complex will have 24-hour on-site supervision and supports.
The county attorney will meet with the group this week to discuss the project.

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In 2011, Carlton County received a federal grant to roll out a texting hotline, Text-4-Life, across seven counties in northeastern Minnesota, including Itasca, Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties. The program targets students in grades 7 through 12. If you or someone you know has thought about hurting themselves, you can text the word life to 839 863 and get help today.
Tuesday, Itasca County Health and Human Services Director Eric Villeneuve gave the county board an update on the program. Last year, 174 Itasca County people used the program, 136 texted from Cass county, which isn’t even in the project area, and 212 Hennipen county people used the program, even though it’s not even advertised in that area.
A study revealed 20 percent of Minnesota´s 9th grade students in public schools reported hurting themselves on purpose at some time in their lives. In 2013, the project received money to expand state-wide.
In 2007, suicide in Minnesota was the second leading cause of death for 15- to 34-year-olds and the third leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year-olds.

By |April 24th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Text LIFE|

IRRRB gives $21 Million

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board on Tuesday granted a Golden Valley based company $21 million dollars for engineering and construction of a bio-chemical plant at the Laskin Energy Park in Hoyt Lakes. Segetis proposed $105 million plant would produce cleaning products from wood-based bio-chemicals, instead of oil-based plastics.
The plant is expected to start small, using corn-based feedstock to derive sugars that would be made into levulinic acid, a key building block used to make plastics and cleaning compounds.
The company plans to expand and use biomass from forest products to get the same results by about 2018, eventually using up to 400,000 cords of wood per year.
Segetis was founded in 2006. The rest of the funding is expected to come from private investors and the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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